**Special Event on April 18:   General Grant to visit the Kibbe Museum**

The Kibbe museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War with special activities on 18 April 2015.  A General U. S. Grant impersonator will appear at 3:00 PM on the 18th, presenting “Grant Takes Command”, and again at 5:00 PM, presenting “Appomattox and a New Birth of Freedom”.  In addition there will be a Lincoln impersonator and Civil War reenactors will be present throughout the afternoon to answer questions about the life and times of Civil War soldiers.

General Grant’s impersonator, Larry Werline, has been a first person presenter of General and President Ulysses S. Grant since 1997. Prior to that he had been an avid enthusiast of history, particularly the American Civil War. He had participated as a member and oft presenter at his local Civil War round table and then put interest in the field and became a Civil War Reenactor where rose to the rank of Captain of the largest, (and best) Union Artillery Battery in the Midwest. Armed with presentation skills as well as period military skills he moved on to become the person of General U.S. Grant. His exact height and similar features made him an ideal Grant Reenactor and presenter.

The Kibbe Museum is located in Carthage, Illinois and houses a collection of artifacts relating to the history of Hancock County and western Illinois.  In addition, the museum also recently acquired the former collection of the Illinois Funeral Director’s Funeral Customs Museum. This world-class collection documents the material and social history of the mortuary profession and American funeral customs.

Long view toward the surgeon’s tent.

Museum exhibits cover the varied aspects of life in western Illinois from the early frontier days through the early 20th century.  Our approach to exhibit design permits closer viewing of most artifacts than you will normally experience in other museums.  Many of our volunteers are retired teachers who delight in leading school-aged youngsters on tours that are both entertaining and educational.